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CCP accepts short feature entries for Cinemalaya 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 best short features will be announced on May 12 and will be screened at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August

Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts': 'A risky film on free press, lawless regime'

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

‘The film takes place in the Philippines but its central conflict, as you may imagine, reverberates far beyond that country’s border’

SUNDANCE PREMIERE. The documentary is screened at the Egyptian Theater. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Solution to online harassment? Regulation, says Sundance 2020 panel

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:01 AM

‘The tech platforms are saying ‘We don’t know what to do, or we're doing our best,’ but it's not enough,’ says Maria Ressa

Solutions: Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa discuss solutions to prevent online harassment at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's Truth to Power forum. With Ressa are New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen and Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundation president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler.

Taylor Swift kicks off Sundance festival with 'Miss Americana'

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The Netflix documentary traces the career of the 30-year-old singer, from her beginnings in country music to international stardom

Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

Spike Lee to be first black president of Cannes film festival jury

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The 'BlacKkKlansman' director is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world's biggest film festival

MMFF 2019 gross sales at P955 million in box office

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Aga Muhlach's 'Miracle in Cell No 7' made the most in the box office during the festival

‘Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity’ review: A worthwhile spoof

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Believe it or not, 'Mission Unstapabol' is a refreshing effort from Tuviera, Sotto and their usual team.'

‘3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon’ review: Toxic cinema

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'3Pol Trobol' peddles the most obsolete of ideals

‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ review: Improving on the original

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'The localization makes not just its charms but also its tragedy more profound'

MMFF 2019 reviews: The full list

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Here's a quick guide to reviews of all the MMFF 2019 films. Which one are you watching?

‘The Mall, the Merrier’ review: More of the same, but messier

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

There is nothing discreet about 'The Mall, the Merrier'

‘Sunod’ review: More than standard horror fare

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Sunod' is a solid effort

‘Write About Love’ review: More wrong than right

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The film sounds good on paper but fails to register fully

‘Mindanao’ review: A betrayal

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' is dulled by its attempts at safe neutrality

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 awards night

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The festival celebrates its 45th year

PUP Sta. Mesa students win MMFF 2019 top prize for short film

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'Pamana ni Lola' tells the story of Alissa, a teenager who is slowly discovering what it means to grow up in their household

Pokwang hits cinemas for early pullout of 'Mindanao,' 'Culion': 'Huwag naman tayo puro sa pera lang'

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Films like 'Culion' and 'Mindanao' have apparently been pulled out of some cinemas over low ticket sales

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Award-winning 'Mindanao' director Brillante Mendoza asks more cinemas to screen film

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The day after winning all major MMFF 2019 awards, only 38 cinemas nationwide screened the movie

Judy Ann Santos on MMFF 2019 Best Actress win: 'A wonderful end to my 2019'

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actress picks up her second award for the film 'Mindanao'

FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2019 awards night

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' wins Best Picture

Judy Ann Santos on being culturally sensitive in the film 'Mindanao'

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:54 PM

In the film, Judy Ann plays a Muslim mother who cares for a cancer-stricken daughter

'MINDANAO.' Stars Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Sunod' director Carlo Ledesma on what makes his film stand out: 'I have the best actors'

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The film is the only horror entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

SUNOD. The cast and team behind the upcoming film parade through the streets of Taguig at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda says ‘The Mall The Merrier’ different from MMFF films he’s done before

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The film stars Vice and Anne Curtis in their first movie team-up

VICE GANDA. The comedian waves to fans at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars, alongside his 'The Mall The Merrier' co-stars. Photo by Alecs/Ongcal

HIGHLIGHTS: The MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Both fans and stars endure the afternoon heat for the Metro Manila Film Festival's annual opening spectacle

FOR THE FANS. Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, and Pokwang were among the celebrities that joined the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Coco Martin's Paloma returns at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Coco stuns in his orange-and-pink drag look!

PALOMA. Coco Martin dresses up as his female alter-ego for the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Celebs we spotted at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The stars say hi before their films premiere at the Metro Manila Film Festival

PARADE OF STARS. Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019's annual parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Vice Ganda arrives in photo finish at MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The comedian rides a bike to the annual parade – straight from the Sunday variety show ASAP

VICE GANDA. The comedian catches up with the MMFF Parade of Stars on a motorbike. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: MMFF 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Bibidang muli ang 8 pelikulang Pinoy dahil Metro Manila Film Festival na naman!

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Mylene Dizon, JC Santos on ‘Sunod’

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The film premieres as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Meryll Soriano, Suzette Ranillo, and Ricky Lee on 'Culion'

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The film is part of the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

Vic Sotto says MMFF entry 'Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity' 'definitely different' from past movies

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Gusto ko naman kasi paglabas nila ng sinehan may mga ngiti sa kanilang mga mukha,' Vic says

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vice Ganda to MMFF movie critics: 'Can you imagine Christmas without comedy?'

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Comedy is a genre. It’s a legit genre. It’s as special as drama, adventure, action,' says Vice

Photo by rob reyes

LIST: Road closures for 2019 MMFF Parade of Stars

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The parade will be hosted by the city of Taguig on December 22

Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano address 'healthy competition' between 'Culion,' 'Mindanao'

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Perhaps instead of pitting us against each other maybe we should celebrate each other and celebrate that we are making film,' says Iza

Photo by Rob Reyes

Ramona Diaz's documentary on Maria Ressa, Rappler to premiere at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler’s Maria Ressa and zooms in on the Philippines, where ‘the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is 'starkly evident'

PRESS FREEDOM. 'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler's Maria Ressa in a Philippines where the 'worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is evident. Still from the film

Judy Ann Santos wins Best Actress at Cairo International Film Festival

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Judy Ann wins for her role in Brillante Mendoza's 'Mindanao'

WATCH: Trailer for Coco Martin's MMFF 2019 entry '3Pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon'

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Jennylyn Mercado and Ai-Ai delas Alas star with Coco Martin in the movie

Criticism after Japan festival drops 'comfort women' film

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Organizers of the Kawasaki film festival drop the film after local officials raised concerns about its controversial issue of sex slavery and Japan's military brothels

MMFF announces last 4 official films in 2019 festival

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Mindanao,' 'Write About Love', '3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon' and 'Culion' compete the festival lineup

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan tackle Deep South racism in Oscar-tipped film

Sep 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The two star in 'Just Mercy,' based on the story of a black man put on death row in Alabama in 1988 for the murder of a young white woman he did not commit

'Joker', Roman Polanski win top prizes at Venice film festival

Sep 08, 2019 - 3:23 PM

'Joker,' starring Joaquin Phoenix picks up the Golden Lion for best film

Mick Jagger blasts Trump for bad manners, lies, environment

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Rolling Stones singer says 'we are in a very difficult situation at the moment' but that he's thrilled young people 'feel so strongly that they want to protest'

DIFFICULT SITUATION. British singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones says he is worried 'where all this polarisation and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.' Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/AFP

Cinemalaya winner 'John Denver Trending' heads to Busan International Film Festival 2019

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Cinemalaya 2019's Best Picture winner will be competing at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in October

'Sunod' to replace '(K)ampon' in MMFF 2019 lineup

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Sunod' stars Carmina Villaroel and Mylene Dizon under TEN17P

Julie Andrews honored with Venice lifetime achievement award

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:42 AM

'I'm still amazed, I've been a lucky girl who got to play beautiful roles,' says the actress known for her roles in 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music'

British actress Julie Andrews acknowledges receiving on September 2, 2019 a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement during a ceremony at the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Joaquin Phoenix's gritty 'Joker' drives critics crazy

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:30 PM

The actor reimagines one of cinema's most recognizable villains in the film 'Joker', directed by Todd Phillips

CCP now accepts entries for 2021 Cinemalaya Film Festival

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:58 PM

PRESS RELEASE: All Filipino filmmakers are welcome to submit their entries for the Cinemalaya main full-length competition